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Air-Bone Gap

Ronald C. Jones, Ph.D., CCC-A, COI

October 31, 2011

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Question

How many decibels constitute an air‑bone gap? 

Answer

When a 10–15 dB or more difference is measured between the air conduction and bone-conduction thresholds in the same ear, you have an appreciable air-bone gap. This means there likely is a conductive or mixed hearing loss present.

Dr. Ronald Jones is a professor in the Department of Nursing and Allied Health, College of Science, Engineering and Technology at Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Virginia.  Dr. Jones' current research and teaching interests include aural rehabilitation management of deaf and hard of hearing children, auditory processing performance of young adults, voice science, and literacy acquisition, particularly, by racial and ethnic minority children.


ronald c jones

Ronald C. Jones, Ph.D., CCC-A, COI

Dr. Ronald Jones is a professor in the Department of Nursing and Allied Health, College of Science, Engineering and Technology at Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Virginia.  He is also the Coordinator of the Department's Communication Sciences and Disorders Program and Director of the NSU Hearing, Speech, Language, and Literacy Center.  He is a long-standing and active member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and the National Black Association for Speech, Language and Hearing, where he served as Chair of the Board (2006-2008). He is currently the Managing Editor for the Association’s professional journal - ECHO.  Dr. Jones' current research and teaching interests include aural rehabilitation management of deaf and hard of hearing children, auditory processing performance of young adults, voice science, and literacy acquisition, particularly, by racial and ethnic minority children. He is also a nationally certified online instructor. 


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